September 4, 2012
And now a pop quiz, in honor of the 231st birthday of the city of Los Angeles: What's the oldest building in the city? Is it Mission San Gabriel Arcangel? It's true that this is the spot from which the Pobladores set out in 1781 to establish their city (the padres had earlier built their mission near what is now Montebello but later abandoned the site as unsuitable). Each Labor Day weekend, dignitaries, descendants of the founders and other celebrants retrace those early steps as best they can by walking from the mission southwest on Mission Road, Alhambra Avenue and Valley Boulevard, past Lincoln Park, over the river and to the plaza near Olvera Street.
January 9, 2014 |
The place to be tonight, Jan. 9, for hot country guitar picking -- and singing -- is the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills , where British guitar ace Albert Lee is celebrating his 70th birthday with help from a lot of his friends. As one of the most expressive and technically dazzling players of the last 40 years, Lee has collaborated with plenty of country's elite musicians, and for his birthday show the onstage guest list is scheduled to include Emmylou Harris (whose celebrated Hot Band once featured Lee)
November 4, 2013 |
Multiply the following as quick as you can in your head: 7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465,099,745,779 = ? Got it yet? If you took longer than 28 seconds, then you missed your chance at breaking a world record held by Shakuntala Devi. The woman known as the "human computer" died in April, and Monday would have been her 84th birthday. On Monday, Google paid tribute to the woman once known as the human computer with this doodle . For more on this amazing woman, check out this Los Angeles Times profile of her from 25 years ago. The story says of Devi: " Devi is a sari-clad diva of numbers, a math prodigy who can calculate as fast and accurately as any hand-held contraption.
September 7, 2012 |
Google homepage doodle is forever changing to mark various anniversaries, holidays or great moments in history. And today, it's a tribute to "Star Trek. " It was 46 years ago Saturday that "Star Trek" first premiered on NBC. The series ran for just three seasons, to 1969. The interactive doodle reduces the "Star Trek" experience to three key moments. There's the crew assembled on the bridge of the Enterprise, the away team in the ship's transporter room, and the crew on the surface of an alien planet, complete with unpleasent alien creature and an unhappy fate for the red-shirted crewman.
June 29, 2012 |
Today is the day for "iPhone 5" -- well, iPhone's 5th, actually. It was five years ago today that the very first iPhone owners felt the addictive iGot-it rush of the hottest gadget on the planet at that time, Apple's revolutionary device. More than just an iPod that makes calls, the iPhone's debut and success shifted the already co-dependent relationship between people and their phones to more of a symbiotic synergy, encouraging and ushering...
June 15, 2012 |
Twenty-five years ago Friday, Steve Wilhite invented the GIF file format and bestowed upon the world the perfect vehicle for some of the best memes ever created. It's more than a picture but not quite a video, but so often, it's just perfect -- especially with the rise of Tumblr. But what Wilhite also did when he invented the format for CompuServe back in June 15, 1987, was begin one of the most hotly debated arguments of all (Internet) history: Is GIF pronounced like "gif" as in the first three letters of "gift" or "jif" as in the peanut butter . It's an argument that's raged across the Internet on forums , has Web pages dedicated to it and is even addressed by Wikipedia . So which is it?